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I Have Trichotillomania

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    I have officially been pull-free

    since April 18th, 2014 and I am extremely happy with myself. I am going to get my first haircut (by a hairstylist) in almost 4 years. <3 I just wanted to remind people that there IS an end to this disorder! I had mine through hypnotherapy! It worked for me. If ANYONE ever...
    court14harris court14harris 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    Hello trichsters, I am new to this site

    and would like to pose a question. I have had trich for a very very long time and of course have been trying to figure it out my entire life. I was just curious how many of you might have amalgams (silver tooth cavity fillings that contain mercury)??? Probably no connection...
    BlindAmbition BlindAmbition 31-35 4 Responses Aug 12

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    Wow, I feel a little better

    after hearing about so many other people's stories that sound so similar to mine. My plucking started in second grade, at age 7 or 8, and it started with my eyebrows. I'd focus specifically on a few hairs and would end up accidentally digging little "holes" into my skin; my...
    tulipsunleashed tulipsunleashed 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-18, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    Stroking and rubbing the new growth on my

    trigger spot. I've been 37 days pull free omg. My urges are so strong
    niko031 niko031 16-17, F Aug 2

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    im not sure when i started pulling my hair

    but i have been doing it for years and im now 27. i also have depression/anxiety which im on medication for and had a very bad past. i have tried shaving my hair and letting it regrow but it hasnt worked. i thought to was just a habit i could get out but never been able to...
    shinedownbabyxo shinedownbabyxo 26-30, F Jul 10

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    Having experienced this disorder

    since I was 15, I've now accepted that this part of my personality. All my peers now understand my silly ways with trichotillomania, but this doesn't bring me any closer to stopping..
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M 6 days ago

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    I think that doing this to myself was a symptom,

    not a disease. I pulled out all my eyebrow and eyelashes (and lots of hair in othe places too) when I was young and now I can see that I was very stressed and unhappy without being able to say what was wrong. It seems to me to be a kind of addiction to do with avoiding worse...
    dispossessed dispossessed 46-50, F Aug 19

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    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 34 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    My lashes and brows now look fine with plenty

    of eyebrow pencil, eyeliner and mascara... But I still don't feel confident without it :/
    mblo2984 mblo2984 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 27 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    I was picking my hair

    when I was 5-6. Then my parents cut my hair and I stopped picking. I still pick sometimes though.
    spacemonkeyea spacemonkeyea 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    I've had this every since I was in preschool

    and it truly makes me feel insecure....I mean I am a female who has no eyebrows or eyelashes! I look completely hideous...I also get made fun of because I look diffrent from other kids. Girls use to laugh and bully me and take out their makeup bags saying "paint some eyebrows on...
    shecraze shecraze 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 24

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    This Is My Story As Was Published In The Huffington Post 10/1/12

    Who you are looking at in this photo right now is a fraud. Every day I go to great lengths to hide what I really look like. Every day I make sure you don't see what I do every morning when I wake up and look in my bathroom mirror. Because I have a disorder that an estimated 2-4...
    sandy7814 sandy7814 36-40 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 11

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    Coping With My Ttm

    I've had trichotillomania for as long as I can remember, since sometime early in elementary school. I pulled out my eyelashes, and to this day, I can't help it. I would always get teased and picked on for it, and we all know how mean kids can be, so I know others can...
    TarePanda TarePanda 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2009

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    This is something I really want you all to read.

    Now this isn't something I learned from my therapist. nor some professional. This is something that I discovered deep inside, and it is a weapon for me, against trich. If you're reading this, I want you to take a couple minutes to think hard about the stuff that you're ashamed...
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    Constant Urge to Pull

        i can remember the very first time i started pulling from my eyebrow; i was in third grade, at a new school and it was the day after my grandfather's funeral. after a while, i started pulling my eyelashes and i'd make little piles on my desk. i was so confused...
    holland1945 holland1945 19-21, F 11 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    I can't remember a time

    when I wasn't struggling with Trich in my life. I'm 19 years old now, and my mom can still recall me ripping clumps out of my hair and making piles when I was just 3 years old. Over the years, my pulling places have varied- from the scalp, from my arms, even from my stomach or...
    kpmc612 kpmc612 18-21, F Jul 21

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    My Story

    It all started when I was about 12 years old. I was secluded to my room. The anxiety made me go crazy. I did not know what to do with myself but read and listen to the radio. The two things that I wouldnt have taken away from me by my parents. It then formed into trichotillomania...
    sweetreeser sweetreeser 19-21, F 10 Responses Jun 12, 2007

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    I started 'picking' when I was about 15,

    just starting high school. I recall on multiple occasions during that time of me picking to the point that I would leave piles of my hair beside my desk on the floor - Not realizing that I had been picking, and becoming very embarrassed. I was blessed with thick hair, so it took...
    JaidIsAWildflower JaidIsAWildflower 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 18

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    I pull out the hair on my eyebrows

    and head when I have pimples or anything close to a pimple.
    HappyHart5 HappyHart5 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 17

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    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-18, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    guyz i am a 26 years old man ,

    i suffered from pulling out my eyesbrow from 10 years ago , i went to many doctors to i took many medecine , nothing help me , the problem is in our mind , from 6 days ago i decided stop pulling or sucide , bc i look now so ugly , i dont trust myself , i hate my look , i spent 1...
    ramigreige ramigreige 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 1

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    Woke up this morning with a chunk of hair gone

    :-( Must have pulled it in my sleep I hate mornings like this.
    KJVgirl92 KJVgirl92 22-25, F Jul 17

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    18 Years Old And Been Pulling For 11 Years

    Nothing could have prepared me for how many ways trichotillomania would affect me. In almost every facet of life, I can feel uncomfortable, because of my appearance. I wonder, do they notice? Do they know I can't stop? My dating was affected, low self-esteem, and depression all...
    elyseamber elyseamber 18-21 3 Responses Feb 16, 2011

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    Keep Going.

    Hey everyone. I know I already posted my official story on here, but I wanted to say something else... Trich. has been such a huge part of my life for a very long time. I'm so used to my hair pulling that it's become a regular routine part of my day. Everyone who is...
    JennaFreak JennaFreak 18-21 4 Responses May 4, 2011

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    Ok so I just had my Wisdom teeth out like 2

    days ago and I don't know if it is because of the sedation I was under or just the general stress of having something major like that done but I have been pulling like crazy!!! I usually pull in my sleep but the last couple of days I have caught myself when I'm wide awake...
    KJVgirl92 KJVgirl92 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    I can remember the exact night

    that I started to become fascinated by my hair. It was the summer before my junior year of high school, and I was in the back seat of my friend's car headed to a bonfire. I had always liked twisting my hair, but I had never pulled it out. As I was twisting my hair in the back...
    mollymagnolia mollymagnolia 22-25, F Jul 8

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    I'm a sophomore in highschool

    and I've had trich for almost 3 years now. I've been doing very good at my pulling and scab picking and since I'm experienced, I'd love to help out the younger ones or newbies before its too late, and befriend other girls my age. I'd hate to see anybody go through what I went...
    AubreeElise AubreeElise 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    In have trichotillomania.

    .. It sucks, people always say... "Just don't pull," but no.. It's not that easy.. It's like smoking, addicting, but it's ruining your look.. As a teenage girl this is really difficult.. I haven't worn my hair down in front of people in 5 years. I'm hiding myself, I'm hiding me...
    imnotperfectimme imnotperfectimme 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 10

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    I have been pulling since elementary school.

    First eyelashes, then eyebrows, then from my head as well. Obviously it is something that has always been something I have wanted to kick, but for the most part it wasn't outwardly noticeable (aside from the times when I got out of control on my eyelashes, those can be very...
    mmcch mmcch 22-25 2 Responses Jul 13

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    I Have Trichotillomania

    ive been having it since im was 14 years old and i am now about to be 17! ive been suffuring so much its been a real tuffs years especially at school ive always tried to cover it up it use to be jus a small little bald spot and now its half of my top head its really bad i try...
    sintia8 sintia8 16-17 4 Responses Apr 11, 2008

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    7 Years and Im Almost Done

        First, I would like to name some things that I wonder may be the contributing factors to my problem.      I have abandonment issues for starters. My mother left me to be take care of by my grandparents when I was about two years old. She has...
    SamEsRaraAvis SamEsRaraAvis 16-18, F 2 Responses Jan 6, 2008

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    I've just hit the 48 hour mark of not touching

    my hair...not easy, I've literally had to stop myself from reaching up, and several times thought "just once won't hurt". After 17 years making it just 2 days feels so awesome.
    starlit85 starlit85 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 16

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    I have been suffering from trich

    for 4 years and in those 4 years I have gone to 4 different schools because of bullies. This year I am going to a new school and I am determined to not pull my hair out this summer!
    hairlesscareless hairlesscareless 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 21

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    I Am More Than Just Trichotillomania

    She touches her hair in a certain way. It’s very particular, very deliberate. Almost as if she is searching for one specific strand. But she’s only half conscious about what she’s doing. Found. Beautiful, fingers glide and caress and twirl. The flirting becomes violent...
    h0pelessh0pe h0pelessh0pe 16-17 3 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    I don't even know where to begin.

    I think I started pulling my eyelashes out sometime when I was in middle school. I noticed it but never really paid attention until I was in high school. I am only 5 feet tall so I am really looking up at everyone which I believe causes people to notice more. This is when I...
    tatijk tatijk 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 15

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    I first pulled occasionally in Kindergarten,

    before it building up to an everyday thing in second grade. I went to therapy in 4rth (for some reason in 3rd grade i had stopped?), and havent stopped since. I'm in 10th now. I also learned that as I got older, I developed Dermatillomania by picking my lip and scabs. I've...
    HardInHightown HardInHightown 13-15, F Jul 28

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    Anyone who has/had been pulling

    for a long time have any good tricks or methods that have helped them stop pulling? or at least pull less? Desperate for something that will work.
    kpmc612 kpmc612 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 27

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    i started pulling my hair out about a year ago,

    i have patches on my head, where ive pulled it out, i worry that my girlfriend will leave me due to it, she says she wont but i cant help but feel like she will and theres nothing i can do, for a short time when i was 15 i used to pluck my eyebrows, but as i got abit older it...
    martind2008 martind2008 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 8

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    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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    I'm tired of doing this!

    why can't i stop even though i really want to!!? i'm doing this to my self even though i don't want to do it! It all started when i was 14, i don't know exactly how it began, but i know that whenever something was worrying me, whenever my parents and i would fight, suddenly i...
    TheTurtleDove TheTurtleDove 22-25, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    This is my first time really ever talking about

    my problem or even seeking out some type of support. I'm 24 years old and have been pulling my hair since I was 5. Nobody really knows how big of a problem it is for me. I've been blessed with crazy amount of thick hair so it hasn't been that noticeable until now. I shaved half...
    Icantcontrolit Icantcontrolit 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13 16-17 1 Response Mar 24

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    Majority of experiences i have read just

    confirm there is no hope. so many people saying they started when 11,12,13 and now into there 30s 40s and its still happening? Sorry but we are emotionally and mentally weak its our fault its our hands pulling our own hair out not our anxiety or depression.... willpower is the...
    goingcrazy64 goingcrazy64 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 17

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    I am 17 years old and I have been pulling my

    hair out since I was in fifth grade. I joined this site hoping that I could find people around my age who live near me and have the same problem I do. I wear headbands all of the time to hide any bald spots and almost always wear it up because its difficult. I use to do softball...
    court14harris court14harris 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 28

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    Legro13 Legro13 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 26

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    Trichotilomania and Me

    My name is Michelle, I have Trichotilomania.  I delveloped this horrifying, self destructive habit when I was 29 years old.  My belief was that I developed is as a result of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Dissorder).  I was very very sick with a problematic pregancy...
    Chellestrick Chellestrick 36-40, F 24 Responses Nov 28, 2007

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    The Horror of Having to Disguise Yourself

    I'm Jordan and I'm fourteen. I've been pulling since I was about ten or so. I've pulled my scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows. I tried to hide it from everyone, I parted my hair a certain way, had strange makeup rituals, and made up lies that eventually got old. If someone tousled...
    jtwiggy jtwiggy 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 5, 2009

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